Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi,Tigmanshu Dhulia
Director: Ketan Mehta
Producer: Deepa Sahi, Nina Lath Gupta
Claps for: Gritty storyline and an emotional ride with Nawaz which makes it a compelling watch
Slaps for: A dragged second half
Popcorn Refill: Interval
What’s NEW: A love story situated amidst the hilly terrains.
Story: Located in the hilly village of Gehlaur, Bihar is the story of Manjhi in the form of a brilliant biopic from ace director Ketan Mehta. His earlier directorial failed to strike a chord with the audiences, but this film makes you want to cry and be amazed at the super human efforts of a simple village man.
Manjhi is the extraordinary love story of an ordinary man who painstakingly carves a way out of a mountain for 22 years using just a hammer and a chisel. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the titular Dashrath Manjhi and his wife Falguniya Devi is played by Radhika Apte. Falguniya succumbs to an illness as she does not get medical aid on time as the nearest hospital is almost 70 kilometeres away. This inspires Manjhi to carve a road from a mountain so that innocent lives are saved in the future by getting access to medical aid.
An heart-rending tale of a poor village man and his fight against nature. There are moments in the film which make you make you weep as you watch a helpless man overcome by grief is still determined to find a way out. Radhika as Falguni Devi does not have a big role, however her character's death forms the crux of the movie, as it is a turning point in Manjhi's life.
Performances: Nawaz is brilliant as the 'Mountain Man' Dashrath Manjhi. He seems to have worked hard to achieve that perfect gait of ali labourer and not once do we think that this man does not belong to the tribal areas. Radhika has a small role to play as compared to Nawaz, but still it is pivotal to the storyline. Nevertheless the movie rests on the shoulders of Nawazuddin. He has carried the movie till the end by himself. All in all Nawaz has displayed his acting prowess with amazing finesse.
Direction: Ketan Mehta may not have a water tight script and is flawed in several places, but he has executed this biopic with utmost elan. Also we feel that the movie could have been reduced by 15 minutes, as the second half is dragged unnecessarily.
Combo-On-Offer: A fresh new story executed well + brilliant acting by Nawaz
Verdict: We give the movie thunderous claps. We think Nawazuddin -Radhika and Ketan Mehta are a winning formula for any movie to be a hit.